So conservatives took Virginia and New Jersey (New Jersey?!) last night, while Hoffman lost in NY’s 23rd. For an excellent assessment of why Hoffman lost, check out Michael O. Leahy’s post-mortem over at TCOT Report.
The good news, of course, is the conservative turn in VA and NJ, interestingly enough the two states Obama visited and candidates he campaigned for lost.
Sarah Palin chimes in with a Facebook note: A Victory for Common Sense and Fiscal Sanity
Yet, according to the White House it’s much ado about nothing, and yet…
Republicans quickly won all three statewide races in Virginia, scoring an off-year election sweep that restored GOP dominance in a state where years of Democratic advances culminated in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory in the state.
Then the GOP snatched the governorship of New Jersey, a state where Obama had put his prestige on the line in an effort to secure a second term for Governor Jon Corzine.
And what was Urkel doing the night a couple of men in his own party, who had relied on him to help them continue their political careers watched those careers end? Barry Obama was watching television, but not the election returns. Instead, he watched the HBO movie about…himself.
Obama should also take note because a dual-state takeover by Republicans in both NJ and VA has happened before in an off-year election. Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times reminds us:
Interesting historical anecdote that sounds strangely familiar for some reason: The last time voters in both those states did this same dual political overthrow simultaneously was 1993 after the first 10 months of a new Democratic president named Bill Clinton, who was pushing a massive healthcare reform plan.
Anyone remember what the outcome of that off-year harbinger was? The Republican revolution of the 1994 midterm elections, when the GOP seized both houses of Congress.
Republicans still don’t really have anything approaching a national leader. So how’d they pull off those two major victories? Answer: By not being Democratic incumbents in tough economic times.